This is the first of the posts I plan to write about my experience studying at London Business School. Feel free to read the entire series here.

London Business School offers all the students an incredible opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into the industries they want to work in by taking them to the industrial hubs. The student clubs also chip in with their own treks serving the same purpose – but in a more informal setting.

Global Immersion Field Trips (GIFTs) vs. Treks

  • GIFTs
    • Organized officially by London Business School – So, a bit more formal
    • Usually take place during the term vacations
    • Take place all over the globe – are more dependent on emerging trends
  • Treks
    • Organized unofficially by the student clubs – So, much more informal
    • Usually take place during the term – so you have to ensure either that you have no lectures during the trek, or get the relevant permission from the program office
    • Usually take place in locations in and around Europe

Application Process

Both GIFTs and treks require interested students to apply to secure a place on the trek as they usually are in very high demand. The application process usually require you to write a couple of short essays (yes, again!). These essays usually try to gauge you on three core parameters:

  1. Motivation: Why do you want to attend the trek and how does it fit in with your future plans?
    • Career objectives
    • Industry cultural fit assessment
  2. What you bring to the table?
    • Past experience in the field
    • Network in the field of interest of the trek
  3. How do you plan to prepare for the trek?
    • Courses/electives
    • Internships

As always, while you are writing your essay, ensure that you substantiate what you write with your background and experience, and more importantly be authentic.

Current GIFTs

  1. Munich/Milan GIFT – Industry/Supply chain management
  2. Paris GIFT – Fashion
  3. Shanghai GIFT – Asian/Emerging markets
  4. Silicon Valley GIFT – Technology/Entrepreneurship

Hope this was useful and feel free to contact me/leave a comment in case you need any further information.

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